We are a 100% volunteer staffed, not for profit organization that offers Missouri & Illinois residents LIVE assistance with wildlife conflicts of all types. Our staff is there 24/7 to address their concerns, offer humane solution instructions to conflicts. We also provide emergency rescue services for wildlife when we determine that intervention is necessary for the public or animal's welfare. We have rescued sick raccoons from department stores, deer stuck in fences, and owls entangled in soccer nets at parks and schools. Often these rescues are more about public safety than they are animal rescue. Police, Fire, and Parks Departments rely on us to assist with wildlife issues as well. Another aspect of our organization works with orphaned wildlife when mothers are separated from their young, or have fallen victim to trapping, car accidents, and predation. In 2012 our organization took in over 1000 wildlife patients. Without our agency's assistance, these animals can and will die.
Our group is comprised of nearly 100 wildlife rehabilitators across the state and into Illinois. In Missouri, the animal control agencies do not work with wildlife in any way, leaving the public to fend for themselves when they have conflicts with anything other than a cat or dog. Before our existence, situations like an animal stuck in a drain pipe, or hawk stuck in a soccer net were handled by calling local police and them having to shoot it, which the police don't truly want to do, and is often completely unnecessary. In addition, the general public's attitude toward animals has shifted over the years. Many residents want to do the right thing for the animal, if they only knew how. The hotline offers a 'one call' solution for all conflicts with wildlife, and the public depends on our services. We are happy to take those calls and help wherever we can, for the good of the animal and the environment. However, we do not receive any state or federal funding to keep our services available. We do not have grants that are helping us, or 'angel' investors. We rely upon the public to donate to our cause in order to keep the phones turned on, so to speak. We really do operate $20 at a time sometimes, with more and more residents unable or unwilling to donate for our services because we may not always do exactly what the resident thinks is right for an animal. We do what we know is right for the ANIMAL, not necessarily the resident. Our volunteers end up footing the bill a lot of the time, having to pay for gas for rescues, buy their own rescue equipment, caging, and foods to feed these animals until they are ready for release. Any support that the public offers us is welcomed and sincerely appreciated! We plan to be here a long time, and hope that you'll help us do that.